Asian Desert Warbler
Asian Desert Warbler
Scientific Name 
Sylvia nana
Arabic Name 
دخلة الصحراء الآسيوية
Kuwaiti name 
11.5 cm
Least Concern
Kuwait Specialty


Common passage migrant and winter visitor. A very small light coloured warbler; one of the few warblers found out in the desert in mid winter. Has the peculiar habit of sometimes following Desert or Mourning Wheatears.
Where in Kuwait 
It inhabits desert and semi-desert in areas with scattered low scrub and grasses and is often seen flitting from one bush to the next and can also be found feeding on the ground next to the bush. It can be found along coastal zones as well as inland where this habitat is found
In the world 
It has an extremely large range with a stable population and it occurs across Central Asia, the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa. The two subspecies have quite separate distributions. S. n. nana breeds across Central Asia, from the Caspian Sea and Iran to southern Mongolia and northwest China, and winters from northeast Africa, across the Arabian Peninsula to India. This species commonly forages in association with the Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti) or other bird species, probably to take advantage of prey disturbed by these other birds, or to benefit from early warnings against predators.
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation